Founded in 2015 by Christopher Dessus, Marion Claret and Adrien Rapin, Pli is an association with variable geometry. The multidisciplinary team supports the new generation in architecture and design by enhancing researches through different materials and actions : review, workshop, publishing house.
Aware of the issues of society and a generation in search of meaning in architecture, Pli insists on the fact that the result is not necessarily the goal, and that it is more about creating a common language between disciplines and creating links. Pli is part of a desire to describe a new generation which reacts to the issues of contemporary society, to support and accompany it in a dynamic way. Pli has the will to make pratices around the architecture evolve, in coherence with the contemporary society and its problems. Pli is a laboratory which develops a research on the printed medium by becoming an area of innovative experimentation around architecture and publishing. Through the history of architecture, design and graphic design, the main axis of Pli aims at understanding a world in constant mutation where the excesses between the disciplines must be considered and revealed. Pli invites to ask questions about our job, to take a stand on their development and evolution, to be part of a straight line where efficiency matters.
“La revue Pli préfère les chemins de traverses. La revue Pli aime à choisir les diagonales pour s’offrir de nouvelles prises de vue.”
Kiblind Magazine for Pli 01. September, 2016.
Four issues have been published. Pli 05 will be launched in November 2019.
Published object and muti-disciplinary reflection, Pli is an annual collaborative review which interrogates architecture and publishing, space and paper. Each year, it surveys a topic through encouraged by the editorial team. After a call for application, Pli review develops a research approach and supports both students, researchers and established professionals. Pli encourages contributors to go further in their process to make their research progress, through new writings or graphic productions and expand their horizons. The review is independent andthe editorial team freely choose the editorial content, and keep being openned up to new disciplinary fields.
Pli Public Workshop (PPW)
The Pli Public Workshop01 will approach the theme of Obsession in November 2019.
In 2019, Pli creates the Pli Public Workshop: a contest for the new generation of architects and designers. This creative assistance program is intended for the research and production of a project. This assistance takes the form of support by professionals from the architecture, art and design sector as well as a group exhibition. The PPW makes possible to experiment the practice through the project to overcome disciplinary boundaries between practice and theory, between “doing” and “thinking”. Each year, the PPW is available for candidates to make them develop a reflection on a given theme and aims to reach students in training courses and young graduates. Applicants to the PPW – designer, artist, architect, or the group described in the application – will have to propose a project specific to the context of that workshop, which is unpublished and related to the theme of the issue in progress.
First publications planned for 2020.
Through the prism of the new generation, Pli is an important – and necessary – support in the publishing of today’s and tomorrow’s creatives. In parallel with the eponymous collaborative review, Pli creates Pli Éditions to make visible this young generation of architects and designers, to make them express themselves through paper medium. Pli Éditions are different from the publication Pli by focusing on one or more architects and designers who don’t necessarily have, in their practice, access to this privileged medium of expression.